a weekender guide to sydney's newtown

What a funky little suburb that really is a hipster’s paradise. It’s beyond my definition of hipster though, even a step or few past San Francisco’s Mission District. Full of street art & graffiti murals, it’s a pretty colorful place. I am sharing my weekend getaway guide to Sydney’s Newtown below on the blog as your ultimate itinerary for 1-2 days in Newtown:

I came here with a friend for a girls’ getaway (since I live in Manly which is on the complete opposite side of Sydney) and stayed at a quirky little industrial chic hotel called The Urban Newtown - very centrally located and won’t break the bank as it’s suited for budget travelers. The rooms are cozy, but we were really happy with the hospitality and our stay there! The other main option would be Airbnb in this area.

*Accommodation for this post was sponsored by the Urban Newtown, but as always all opinions are my own.

Newtown is likely overlooked on your first trip to Sydney, as it’s more of a locals’ spot since it’s west and away from the city’s famous beaches. That’s one of the beauties of it - it’s not overcrowded with tourists! It’s a great spot to checkout (or even just go out to dinner & bars in) if you have some extra time in Sydney after hitting up the top 10 things to do on your visit. It’s easy to get to from the city, (less so from Manly 🤷🏼‍♀️) because it’s right on the train line & you’ll find plenty to do in Newtown!

The Urbanite Insight's



  • Wander around and find your favorite street art murals

  • A Loft Story - pop in to get your hair cut in the CUTEST plant filled place there ever was

  • The Enmore Theatre - head to some live music at one of Sydney's most famous concert halls

  • Brush & Sip paint studio - perfect for a wine filled date night or girls night out

  • Go shopping on King Street at some of Newtown's funky retro stores

  • Stay - The Urban Newtown


  • GiGi’s Pizzeria - amazing sit down spot with Italian food - known for their pizza and good drinks! Get here early (like 5:45 pm) if you want to eat here - the line starts earlier than that and they open at 6.

  • Thai Patong - one of Sydney's best known Thai restaurants

  • Brewtown Newtown - a must for brekky! Great food with cute decor & a great ambiance.

  • Mary’s Joint - a cute rock n’ roll bar that you’d never notice with its unmarked graffiti door. Worth heading to for drinks or their famous burgers!

  • The Bach Eatery - a cute little kiwi owned dinner spot that serves shared small plates


  • Earl’s Juke Joint - another hipster paradise that from the outside just looks like a butchers shop & inside is a really cool bar.

  • The Bank Hotel - a Newtown institution!

  • Mary's Joint - see above! Great for drinks too.

  • Gurdys - head upstairs on a nice day for the rooftop bar!

  • Young Henry's - a cool brewery (that also serves some pretty amazing gin & tonics!) in an industrial location. Most days you'll find a food truck there too!

  • Holey Moley - an indoor mini golf course that's also a bar!

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